While this Tokyo street-style shot has all the telltale signs of our favorite high school ensembles — plaid, varsity jackets, backpacks, ripped jeans, and a pair of broken-in boots we refuse to part with — the biggest lesson here is not one that can be learned in pre-calc.
Teru and Nana remind us to never do away with those preppy or punk pieces that once ruled your closets. Instead, adapt the trends for whatever makes the most sense for your lifestyle. A sleek, collarless, leather-sleeved jacket is decidedly more grown-up than a typical high school letterman, and a bright bold print is ageless in our book. Plus, when paired with neutral accessories, both come with a playful, youthful (but not too young) edge. We'll take an A for that!
Photographed by Stacey Young